Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is defending the NSA spying programs in a House hearing today, and this picture was ripe for a little filling in of the “air quotes”:


Okay, so maybe sometimes I “didn’t” “tell” “you” “the” “truth” and was occasionally “completely” “clueless”…


14 Responses to “Caption contest: Fill in James Clapper’s ‘air quotes’”

  1. Care on October 29th, 2013 6:09 pm

    Lt. Gen. James Clapper, National "Intelligence" Director

  2. Truesoldier__ on October 29th, 2013 7:16 pm

    It depends on what the meaning of "spying" is.

  3. Granny55 on October 29th, 2013 9:59 pm

    Let me tell you a little story about our "government" that is supposed to be looking out for our best interests. My daughter and son-in-law are veterans of the US Army. She served four years – he served 9 years, between the two of them 5 tours in the middle east. When they left the service in 2008 it was at the peak of the housing bubble. Economy is tanking so they ended up taking jobs with contractors and went back to Iraq to help the people recover. She came home early when she became pregnant with their first child, he stayed until a month before Jacob was born. The IRS is now hounding them for $14000 in back taxes because HE came home on 30 day leave for the birth of his son. The leave was authorized and fell within the IRS guidelines for work overseas and how much time they take between work assignments. This is the way the IRS and our government treats veterans who try to help in the theater and at home. If I could get my hands around the throat of Lois Lerner….. This is the way they treat the living veterans……Now I know why they did the ridiculous antics during the shut down. Degrade our soldiers dead or alive – NO MATTER WHAT!

  4. mcmeador on October 29th, 2013 10:45 pm

    "Back in the 60's, I had a weather changing machine that was, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam which we called a 'laser.' Using these 'lasers,' we punch a hole in the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the 'Ozone Layer.' Slowly but surely, ultraviolet rays would pour in, increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is unless the world pays us a hefty ransom."

  5. Marshall_Will on October 29th, 2013 10:57 pm


    I get it. I'm always careful to give out tax advice so insert my standard disclaimer here____. The truth is, unless they've managed to [retroactively] eviscerate the tax code too, the fact they were in a war zone, or U.S based armed conflict or..?

    It's of no consequence. The first $75K is exempt anyway and they full well KNOW it. If your SIL was doing normal withholding there's just no WAY they could 'owe' that much. And of course ( thankfully ) w/ the addition of another dependent.

    What's odd is I don't know a single reg. Dim that has tax problems..?

  6. Marshall_Will on October 29th, 2013 11:00 pm

    Lol, this is usually where Truesoldier would ..?

    "Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it."

  7. backwoodsconservative on October 30th, 2013 12:25 am

    Are you sure those air quotes? It could be those air peace signs.

  8. rosa on October 30th, 2013 8:40 am

    I am not a crook … by today's standards.

  9. Truesoldier__ on October 30th, 2013 10:38 am

    They actually upped it to the first $87k or at least that was what it was when I was contracting in Iraq back in 2007-2009. After that first $86k they tax you at the higher rate. So on that $88k you are taxed at the highest bracket.

    If memory serves me correctly, you have to be out of the country for 300 days out of 365 (which it sounds like Granny's son was). The only question I would have is did he and his wife go to a tax attorney that understood what forms needed to be filled and how to properly count days. I know it took me a bunch of phone calls and a few months to find a tax attorney in WA ST that understood the rules and exactly what needed to be filled. If they went through turbo tax, HR Block or any of the other "tax prepare" companies out there then they may not have had all the correct forms filled and that will give the IRS the opening they went each and every time.

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  11. James on October 30th, 2013 11:23 am

    I am not a crook!

  12. ChapBix on October 31st, 2013 12:28 am

    It appears they filed their tax return on a timely basis, so could they file an amended return that would furnish the necessary information and wipe out the extra tax? Just askin'.

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